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Sport 'Great game to prepare for T20 World Cup'

04:25  13 february  2020
04:25  13 february  2020 Source:   skysports.com

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"It's a great game to play in because you get a feeling of where guys are at, they're put under pressure, you get to see what skill-level they produce, how "If you've got guys playing in positions they don't know inside out then they get exposed. I sort of go back and look at the 2016 T 20 World Cup where

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a baseball player wearing a red hat: Morgan expects his England team to bounce back quickly after defeat in the series opener © Getty Morgan expects his England team to bounce back quickly after defeat in the series opener

Eoin Morgan says England's one-run defeat to South Africa was "a great game to play in" as they build towards the T20 World Cup in October. A brilliant final over from Lungi Ngidi helped the hosts edge a thrilling contest with England squandering a commanding position at East London. However, Morgan believes these are just the type of matches his side need in preparation for a global tournament.

"I definitely think we could've [found an extra run or two], I thought particularly during the chase we were in a very commanding position," he told Sky Sports.

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Cricket - South Africa v England - First T20 - Buffalo Park, East London, South Africa - February 12, 2020   South Africa's Lungi Ngidi celebrates the wicket of England's Moeen Ali   REUTERS/Rogan Ward     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY © Thomson Reuters Cricket - South Africa v England - First T20 - Buffalo Park, East London, South Africa - February 12, 2020 South Africa's Lungi Ngidi celebrates the wicket of England's Moeen Ali REUTERS/Rogan Ward TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY "We never through a cluster of losing wickets, Jason (Roy) and myself established a partnership quite well with the new guys coming in and with the short boundary one side, we never really looked flustered - probably until Ngidi came on in the 18th and probably the last over that he bowled turned the came on its head.

"Even in a position needing seven off the last over with new guys coming in, we'd have expected to win that game. "It's a great game to play in because you get a feeling of where guys are at, they're put under pressure, you get to see what skill-level they produce, how their temperament is. So in terms of actually improving in that position, I think it is great for us."

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We have got world class coaching staff and it is going to play an important role in our performance. We will try to gel as a team as early as possible. "The players are excited and we hope to have a great tournament ahead," he said. He also reckons that it was an ideal time to prepare for the T 20 World

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England have just eight T20 matches between now and the start of the tournament in Australia and as such Morgan taking the series with South Africa very seriously. 

"I think they're really significant," he said. "We've nine (sic) more games between now and the start of the World Cup so getting guys in positions where they're hopefully going to bat in the middle of October is extremely important, because when the pressure is on you find out more about guys and where they're at.

Cricket - South Africa v England - First T20 - Buffalo Park, East London, South Africa - February 12, 2020   England's Eoin Morgan reacts   REUTERS/Rogan Ward © Thomson Reuters Cricket - South Africa v England - First T20 - Buffalo Park, East London, South Africa - February 12, 2020 England's Eoin Morgan reacts REUTERS/Rogan Ward "If you've got guys playing in positions they don't know inside out then they get exposed. I sort of go back and look at the 2016 T20 World Cup where we were beaten in the final in dramatic fashion and what we learnt and grew from there.

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"We took a lot of confidence from going into the tournament as a bit of an afterthought and learning as much as we can. We were beaten in the last over but, actually, trying to improve our game so if that happens again, we're in a better position to counter anything that happens. We'd like to be in a better position going into Australia than we were in India and hopefully we might be contenders."

Cricket - South Africa v England - First T20 - Buffalo Park, East London, South Africa - February 12, 2020   South Africa's Andile Phehlukwayo celebrates the wicket of England's Jonny Bairstow with teammates     REUTERS/Rogan Ward © Thomson Reuters Cricket - South Africa v England - First T20 - Buffalo Park, East London, South Africa - February 12, 2020 South Africa's Andile Phehlukwayo celebrates the wicket of England's Jonny Bairstow with teammates REUTERS/Rogan Ward England must win the remaining two games to take the series and Morgan is confident his side will bounce back quickly. "One of the big things in our changing room is that we learn quite quickly from each other," he added. "

We're very open and there's not massive egos around so we can say 'I struggled today, what did you look to do? How were you effective? Teach me, can we spend 10 minutes doing it?'

Cricket - South Africa v England - First T20 - Buffalo Park, East London, South Africa - February 12, 2020   England's Jason Roy in action    REUTERS/Rogan Ward © Thomson Reuters Cricket - South Africa v England - First T20 - Buffalo Park, East London, South Africa - February 12, 2020 England's Jason Roy in action REUTERS/Rogan Ward "Or it might be a mindset of going and taking that risk earlier than you probably should. So they'll be a little bit of that over the next 24 hours, a little bit of looking at the footage to see where our accuracy levels were with the ball, me with field settings and then just being more clinical with the bat.

"But full credit to South Africa, they clawed their way back into a game that I thought we easily should have won, but we didn't. Fair play to them." Watch the second T20I between South Africa and England from 3.30pm, Friday on Sky Sports Cricket.

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